An Analysis of US Law Enforcement Agencies upon Encountering a "Venomous Snake" Within Their Jurisdiction:
1. FBI - Searches for, but cannot locate the snake. After the snake is caught by local police, the FBI forms a Snake Task Force of 150 agents, sets up a command center, holds a press conference, and takes credit for capturing the snake. Upon taking credit, the impressive command post is packed up and the FBI task force returns to their office to await another large event to take credit for... In the mean time, FBI management requests 4,000 more agents to combat snake activity associated with terrorism.
2. US Secret Service - Forms a protective ring of agents around the snake and escorts it to a safe area.
3. ATF - Sends SRT team to arrest the snake. They expend all of their ammo, then burn the forest down, killing the snake, and everything else in the forest. At a Congressional inquiry, they make a presentation of why additional funding is required to properly train agents to battle the threat of snakes. The only questions asked by ATF management after the operation is whether or not there was a proper operational plan in place, if the plan was followed, and who can take the fall for anything that went wrong.
4. TSA - Abiding by a Congressional ruling to prevent "profiling" venomous snakes, the TSA makes random inspections. Venomous snakes are regularly allowed to pass while TSA officials strip search a family of squirrels.
5. IRS-CID - Performs an in-depth investigation of the snake and writes a 100-page summary of why the snake should not be prosecuted. The investigation is closed and all agents are out of the office by 4:30pm.
6. ICE - After obtaining permission from the USSS, CBP, FBI, FPS, IRS, FINCEN, DEA, ATF, FAMS, FEMA, and the Girl Scouts of America, they mail the snake a notice to appear on a specified date for a status hearing. The snake never responds and is promptly forgotten.
7. DEA - Initiates a Title 3 and an MLAT investigation on the snake's cell phone after discovering that the above-listed agencies have begun an investigation on the snake. DEA spends $3 million to discover the snake is not Colombian...
8. U.S. Attorney's Office - Declines prosecution out of "professional courtesy."
9. USBP (Border Patrol) - Captures the snake. Their inability to communicate with the snake results in a recruitment drive for snake handlers. They take the snake back to the border (for the 40th time).
10. US Forest Service - They have meeting after meeting. Management wrings their hands and decide to deny any existence of the snake on public lands. All agents are ordered to Washington to prevent any sighting of the snake. All agents are ordered to refer to the snakes as "legal reptiles."
11. NCIS - Initially, after MTAC cited snakes are occasionally aquatic, the Navy recognized the nexus, but put OSP on the case. Nothing was communicated to the agents in the field and two hard-charging guys in the Midwest uncover the whereabouts of the snake within their AOR. However, after revealing a nefarious plot by the snake to bite a Senior Level VIP and reporting Intel on same - the snake was deemed to be a U.S. protected person and the agents are chastised and ridiculed. The snake slithers away with no further adverse action out of professional courtesy with the nay-sayers.
12. Local Police Officer - Shoots the snake after ‘accidentally” driving over it several times. The officer then puts the snake in a County Deputy’s car while it is parked outside the nearest Starbucks
As the "unknown" Fed would say......"Hee Hee"